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    Posted on Dec 2, 2013

    How The Internet Reacted To Tom Daley's Coming Out Video

    The Olympic diving star confirmed that he is in a relationship with a man.

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    So as anyone who's been on the internet today will know, this has happened.

    Got something I need to say...not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me! :) http://t.co/oOrDEiChGd

    Tom Daley

    @TomDaley1994

    Got something I need to say...not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me! :) http://t.co/oOrDEiChGd

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    The diving star confirmed that he is in a gay relationship with an emotional YouTube video. He also expressed his anger at being misquoted in an interview earlier this year. He said that his life had changed this spring and he feels "safe and happy", although he is still attracted to girls.

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    The traditional gay media were very excited to have him in "the club".

    Tom Daley: 'I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier' http://t.co/J6lwLCAgRw

    PinkNews

    @pinknews

    Tom Daley: 'I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier' http://t.co/J6lwLCAgRw

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    Moving and inspiring video from @TomDaley1994. A role model for thousands of other young people: http://t.co/yYV9mO8zZe

    Stonewall

    @stonewalluk

    Moving and inspiring video from @TomDaley1994. A role model for thousands of other young people: http://t.co/yYV9mO8zZe

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    Attitude Magazine

    @AttitudeMag

    Go Tom!

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    What a moving and dignified video http://t.co/ljVrxlpuIy We love @TomDaley1994 tra la la la la la laaaaaaaaaaa! #gold

    Attitude Magazine

    @AttitudeMag

    What a moving and dignified video http://t.co/ljVrxlpuIy We love @TomDaley1994 tra la la la la la laaaaaaaaaaa! #gold

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    @matthew_mitcham Olympic diver Tom Daley has come out as #bisexual http://t.co/D1g6qLwh4T

    Gay Star News

    @gaystarnews

    @matthew_mitcham Olympic diver Tom Daley has come out as #bisexual http://t.co/D1g6qLwh4T

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    Even though there was some confusion over definitions.

    Tom hasn’t come out as gay or bi. He’s simply said he’s dating a guy and he’s still interested in girls. Why the need to apply a label?

    Prof Chris Ashford

    @lawandsexuality

    Tom hasn’t come out as gay or bi. He’s simply said he’s dating a guy and he’s still interested in girls. Why the need to apply a label?

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    Celebrities weighed in with messages of support.

    I hope @TomDaley1994 that you're reassured & un-surprised by the support you will undoubtedly receive & deserve. Now get back to training :)

    Phillip Schofield

    @Schofe

    I hope @TomDaley1994 that you're reassured & un-surprised by the support you will undoubtedly receive & deserve. Now get back to training :)

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    @TomDaley1994 Inspiring and brave…..as always!!! #RespectTom

    kylie minogue

    @kylieminogue

    @TomDaley1994 Inspiring and brave…..as always!!! #RespectTom

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    @TomDaley1994 Good on you Tom! Never easy - to come out or find love and you managed both! Congratulations.

    graham norton

    @grahnort

    @TomDaley1994 Good on you Tom! Never easy - to come out or find love and you managed both! Congratulations.

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    Good for you @TomDaley1994 and let that be the end of it!

    Boy George

    @BoyGeorge

    Good for you @TomDaley1994 and let that be the end of it!

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    To all the homophobes out there spewing bigoted bile about Tom Daley, I laugh in your wretched little faces. You're losing, he's winning.

    Piers Morgan

    @piersmorgan

    To all the homophobes out there spewing bigoted bile about Tom Daley, I laugh in your wretched little faces. You're losing, he's winning.

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    Coming out is always hard and doing it in the public eye even more so. Good for you @TomDaley1994 for taking the power back to yourself

    Charlie Condou

    @Charliecondou

    Coming out is always hard and doing it in the public eye even more so. Good for you @TomDaley1994 for taking the power back to yourself

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    Inevitably, the jokes did not take long.

    Looking forward to Tom Daley's first "somebody please bring me bacon" tweet. It's a rite of passage.

    The Guyliner

    @theguyliner

    Looking forward to Tom Daley's first "somebody please bring me bacon" tweet. It's a rite of passage.

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    Unlike the rest of us, Tom Daley's boyfriend gets to see him with his clothes on. Weird.

    James Goss

    @gossjam

    Unlike the rest of us, Tom Daley's boyfriend gets to see him with his clothes on. Weird.

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    WHERE IS THAT SCREENCAP OF TOM DALEY CHECKING OUT ANTHONY OGOGO'S ASS ON "SPLASH" WHEN YOU NEED IT

    alex rees

    @maybealexislost

    WHERE IS THAT SCREENCAP OF TOM DALEY CHECKING OUT ANTHONY OGOGO'S ASS ON "SPLASH" WHEN YOU NEED IT

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    All you PR-types might as well take the day off. We're all done for news today, thanks.

    Ryan John Butcher

    @ryanjohnbutcher

    All you PR-types might as well take the day off. We're all done for news today, thanks.

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    Sorry, for not blogging or tweeting today. The news that Tom Daley is a big gay has left me literally gobsmacked.

    Read Fagburn.com

    @Fagburn

    Sorry, for not blogging or tweeting today. The news that Tom Daley is a big gay has left me literally gobsmacked.

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    On the plus side, this has stopped all I the tweets about the amazon drones PR stunt

    Dave

    @isntdave

    On the plus side, this has stopped all I the tweets about the amazon drones PR stunt

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    The tone was quickly lowered.

    CHALLENGE: Jack off to Tom Daley's announcement.

    Bax

    @Baxfail

    CHALLENGE: Jack off to Tom Daley's announcement.

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    Trolls were quickly smacked down.

    Gays: we did not get bullied and beaten up, spat at, shunned and treated like scum so we could sneer at other people coming out after us.

    Gareth McLean

    @thegarethmclean

    Gays: we did not get bullied and beaten up, spat at, shunned and treated like scum so we could sneer at other people coming out after us.

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    There was a quite-amusing headline fail.

    Hey Yahoo. This is probably not the most appropriate way to report the Tom Daley story is it?

    Disco77

    @Disco_77

    Hey Yahoo. This is probably not the most appropriate way to report the Tom Daley story is it?

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    But mostly, people were moved and impressed.

    For many, coming out, dealing with bullies or homophobic parents isn't easy. So congratulations to @TomDaley1994 for making this brave step!

    QX Magazine

    @QXMagazine

    For many, coming out, dealing with bullies or homophobic parents isn't easy. So congratulations to @TomDaley1994 for making this brave step!

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    There will come a day when "coming out" won't be news. Until that time we need to love & support those who are brave enough to do it.

    Daniel Brocklebank

    @Dan_Brocklebank

    There will come a day when "coming out" won't be news. Until that time we need to love & support those who are brave enough to do it.

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    @TomDaley1994 well done. Takes guts in the public eye when you're young. Glad you're happy and will help lots more men do the same

    Bright Light x2

    @brightlightx2

    @TomDaley1994 well done. Takes guts in the public eye when you're young. Glad you're happy and will help lots more men do the same

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    Pop stars from the '90s got very maternal.

    Oh Tom Daley's video has just made me cry a little bit. Bless him, and curse anyone who is ever nasty to him.

    Tracey Thorn

    @tracey_thorn

    Oh Tom Daley's video has just made me cry a little bit. Bless him, and curse anyone who is ever nasty to him.

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    @telenherry @TheHollyJohnson I did feel very mother henny watching him. Wanted to make him a sandwich and knit him a jumper.

    Tracey Thorn

    @tracey_thorn

    @telenherry @TheHollyJohnson I did feel very mother henny watching him. Wanted to make him a sandwich and knit him a jumper.

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    Weather forecasters from the 1980s were nonplussed.

    What a fuss so Tom is gay, I am left handed does anyone want to make a headline out of that. We are all human beings enough said.

    Wincey Willis

    @WinceyWillis1

    What a fuss so Tom is gay, I am left handed does anyone want to make a headline out of that. We are all human beings enough said.

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    Because unfortunately, in the world of sport this is still news.

    Well done @TomDaley1994 brave decision to be honest about current relationship with man." Is it a big deal I don't think so"

    Matthew Pinsent

    @matthewcpinsent

    Well done @TomDaley1994 brave decision to be honest about current relationship with man." Is it a big deal I don't think so"

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    We all look forward to the time that this wouldn't be newsworthy in sport. Bit of a way to go yet though.

    Matthew Pinsent

    @matthewcpinsent

    We all look forward to the time that this wouldn't be newsworthy in sport. Bit of a way to go yet though.

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    Countdown to some crappy website/paper running 1st pics of Tom Daley &man, undoubtedly under a"exclusive first pictures" banner, begins.

    Matthew Pinsent

    @matthewcpinsent

    Countdown to some crappy website/paper running 1st pics of Tom Daley &man, undoubtedly under a"exclusive first pictures" banner, begins.

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    So everyone just kept on making supportive comments on the YouTube video.

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